The Senate, yea lost cause, but the house has some balls

Nice to see that some congressmen are standing up to the president on this wiretap issue.. I wish I could say the same for our US Senators (even ones I voted for!)

If our nation is left vulnerable in the coming months, it will not be because we don’t have enough domestic spying powers.  It will be because your Administration has not done enough to defeat terrorist organizations – including al Qaeda — that have gained strength since 9/11.  We do not have nearly enough linguists to translate the reams of information we currently collect.  We do not have enough intelligence officers who can penetrate the hardest targets, such as al Qaeda.  We have surged so many intelligence resources into Iraq that we have taken our eye off the ball in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As a result, you have allowed al Qaeda to reconstitute itself on your watch.
You have also suggested that Congress must grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies.  As someone who has been briefed on our most sensitive intelligence programs, I can see no argument why the future security of our country depends on whether past actions of telecommunications companies are immunized.

Um Yup! from a letter to GWB from Congressman Reyes of Texas.

huh? I’m ashamed to be a Democrat

Ok.. so as if I haven’t complained enough about the fucked up primary process we use to choose our nominee here comes something else to piss me off. Howard Dean is calling for Obama and Clinton to get into a room and decide who is going to be the nominee.. forget the convention and the delegates and the ‘democratic’ process (the way the super delegates and primarys work are hardly democratic, but that’s another story)… he thinks that we should just anoint someone right off.

Now the election at this point is coming down to who can raise more money and last all the way to the convention since clearly neither is going to win this thing before then. However, if one has to drop out due to money issues, well.. you can see how that would work out.

In some ways I think that the primaries are for us, the democratic voters to decide who we want to represnet us, but on the other hand it’s really up to the DNC right? I mean, they decide weather states can pledge delegates to their convention (see florida). They choose the rules of the whole deal. Why should we expect that we could simply have some transparent way to choose? Why can’t we just have a nationwide popular vote to choose our nominee?

I wish there was some other way to be involved in politcs.. some other party I could choose.. but that’s just hope and in America that only gets you so far.

Bushes Right Arm

Am I the only one who has noticed that there is something wrong with GWBs right hand/arm? Every time I see the guy walking around he always has his right arm stiffened up like it’s not even his.. It looks like a fake arm. When he moves his right hand it is slow and fake looking as well. I wonder what this could be? Anyone seen this?